Summer in Paris

 

Photograph taken by Hélène Loiré: http://aparisouailleurs.canalblog.com/

Photograph taken by Hélène Loiré: http://aparisouailleurs.canalblog.com/

 

Ice cream cones drip in the sunlight.  Children laugh with delight as they ride the carrousel in the Jardin des Tuileries.  Women in breezy sundresses sit lazily at a café mid-afternoon.  Friends share wine, cheese, and a baguette for a pique-nique in the park. Stars only begin to sparkle in the sky after 10:00 pm, as shimmers of sunlight give the sky a light hue late into the evening.  And traffic hums on the Champs-Élysées well past 1:30 in the morning.

This is summer in Paris.  Read More »

Tour de France 2015

For its 112th year, Le Tour de France, the world’s premier biking race, began on July 4, and finishes in Paris on Sunday, July 26.  The route stretches in 21 stages, interestingly with the first stage in Utrecht (the Netherlands), winding through Antwerp (Belgium) then through Normandy, Brittany, Bordeaux, the mountainous Pyrénées, to the grand finale on the Avenue des Champs-Élysées in Paris, on Sunday on July 26.  The winner, in his yellow jersey, will parade with the other cyclists through the streets of Paris,  through Place de la Concorde, before hitting the finish line on the Champs-Élysées.   There are several cafés located on the streets of the Left Bank, so grab a seat early in the morning and sip your café as you wait for the cyclists to rush in and race through the city. Read More »

Village Saint Paul Brocante — Le Marais

This coming June 20 and 21, a chic brocante will be in the Village St. Paul area of Le Marais, in the 4th Arrondissement of Paris.  In the Jewish Quartier of Paris, Village St. Paul is a well known hunting ground for fine antiques, arts and food.   One of my favorite antique shops in all of Paris –  Cassiopée– which specializes in fine silver, is located here. Read More »

Roland Garros 2015 — Top Places to Visit

Roland Garros.jpegThe French Open is about to finish  its 124th year at Roland Garros in Paris, with the Men’s Championship Match held on June 7.  What is not so well known is that nearby is the haute Village d’Auteuil, in the 16th arrondissement, which offers an array of great restaurants, bistros, brasseries and fashion shops for those in need of new clothes or shoes. Read More »

Brocante — Avenue Mozart

IMGP3769.JPGThrough this Saturday and Sunday only,  April 25 and 26, a chic brocante will be on Avenue Mozart in the haute 16th Arrondissement of Paris.  In the Village d’Auteuil area, treasure hunters can shop for fine silver, paintings, Baccarat glassware, and the usual bric-brac one can find at these events.  Nearby, you can enjoy lunch at our favorite pizza place and family oriented restaurant among the elite of the area, at Pizzeria d’Auteuil.   Or stop off for un cafe at Café Bo Zinc – which not only serves espresso but has a menu of smart drinks and is great for a tasty little lunch. Read More »

L’Epi Dupin — The Bistro that Was

WP_20150123_022Every once in a while you hear about that charming bistro that has been lauded for years as that little find, yet never could find the time to go.  L’Epi Dupin, on quaint Rue Dupin near Le Bon Marche in the haute 6th Arrondissement, was one of those places.  Small, tres Francaise, chalkboard menu, inventive, moderately priced, chic — all the things you want for that dinner night out with friends or a lover.  So when I finally made a reservation, within a week’s time, and a slot was open for me, my wife and friends, the warning sign was already there — too easy to get in!    Read More »